Adobe pushes PDF spec for ISO adoption
Adobe Systems wants to have its entire PDF specification, already a de facto worldwide standard for document interchange, published as a formal standard by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
Various specialized PDF subsets, such as PDF for Archive and PDF for Exchange, are already ISO standards. But Adobes latest move will take the full PDF specification into the open standards process for the first time.
Kevin Lynch, senior vice president and chief software architect of Adobes Platform Business Unit, said the decision is the next logical development in PDFs evolution.
By releasing the full PDF specification for ISO standardization, we are reinforcing our commitment to openness, he said.
Although Adobe has openly published the PDF specification for several years, its development has been under Adobes control. As the Web evolves into a repository of merged voice, video and text applications the Web 2.0 environment many people expect a growing push for open standards and protocols.
Lynch said governments and organizations are increasingly requesting open formats, and having an external and participatory organization maintain the PDF specification will promote innovation.
As an ISO standard, future PDF specifications will be open to input from many government and industry organizations worldwide that will be able to press more actively for their requirements to be included.DISA picks Vion for on-demand storage at 18 data centers
The Defense Information Systems Agency awarded Vion a $700 million contract to provide on-demand storage at 17 data centers in the United States and one in Germany.
The Vion award is the second major contract DISA has awarded in its shift to a utility-based computing services infrastructure. Last fall, the agency awarded contracts to four vendors, including Vion, to provide server capacity at its 18 data centers.
The agency said it plans to use the more recent storage contract to provide capacity that can be readily adjusted for changes in processing and throughput requirements. The agency will pay on an as-needed basis.
Storage capacity provided by Vion must support a wide range of computing environments and operating systems, including HP-UX, Sun Microsystems Solaris, IBM AIX, Microsoft Windows, Red Hat Linux, SUSE Linux, IBM z/OS, IBM z/VM and ESX Server.
The contract also requires Vion to ensure 99.999 percent availability.Labor picks Plateau Systems for talent management solutions
The Labor Department has signed a contract with Plateau Systems to provide electronic learning and employee evaluation systems to support 15,000 agency employees. Plateaus unified talent management solutions will replace Labors existing workforce software.
Labor will work with Plateau to import and integrate the departments skills and competencies library with Plateaus talent management applications. The new system will allow managers to collect feedback from employees and supervisors and develop an assessment of each employees overall performance and effectiveness.
Plateau will provide systems and modules to Labors 19 subagencies.
Labor and the Office of Personnel Managements Government Online Learning Center awarded the contract. Plateau has been one of the centers partners since 2002.55 EHR software products certified for use in doctors offices
The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) has certified 18 more electronic health record (EHR) products as meeting the commissions standards for use in doctors offices, bringing the total to 55.
Commission officials said about one-quarter of the EHR products on the market have achieved certification, just nine months
after they launched the certification process.
The rapid acceptance of certification i
the marketplace has far exceeded our expectations, said Dr. Mark Leavitt, CCHITs chairman.
The benefits of certification will increase as the standards for functionality, interoperability and security increase, Leavitt said.